Pam and Robert Champion, Sr. say they're more encouraged now than ever, and that they believe justice for their son, Robert, may finally come. He was living out his dream as a drum major for the Marching 100 at FAMU, but in November 2011, his life was cut short. Police and prosecutors say fellow band members were responsible for Robert's death because they participated in the hazing ritual that ultimately claimed his life.
The Champions say that their goal is to wipe away hazing everywhere.
"I think hazing has come to a point now where it's got to stopped. This is the time to do it," said Robert Champion, Sr.
The Champions say they feel for the parents of the former band members who are charged, but at the same time, they feel everyone must be held accountable for their actions. They have also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university.
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